Assistant Director of Safety & Security-WA

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Job Title:   Assistant Director of Safety & Security

School District:   Tacoma Public Schools

City/State:   Tacoma, WA

Where to Apply:

Position Open Until:  05/16/2022

Job Description:

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2022

FTE: 1.0 Salary Level: $109,865 - $133,474 DOE

Additional Information: This vacancy is posted as open until filled with a first consideration date of Monday, May 16, 2022

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18th, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.

Examples Of Duties


This position assists the Director of Safety and Security with direction over the District’s Safety and Security policies to provide a safe environment for students, staff and the public while on District properties; ensures the implementation of all assigned operation functions with the Safety and Security Department; assists with any developing situations that may cause disruptions throughout the district.

1.Provides leadership assistance in the Safety and Security Department; implements departmental goals and objectives consistent with the District Strategic Plan, District Policies, State and Federal laws; may assist with researching best practices, developing, and maintaining Safety and Security Operations Manual for procedures and protocols; works collaboratively with department staff for the purpose of assisting with the District’s Safety and Security Department.

2.Assists with the alignment of safety and security professional development for staff; coaches principals in developing and reinforcing positive strategies to support safety and security for the purpose of providing leadership assistance over the District’s Safety and Security Department.

3.Assists, responds, as directed, to critical incidents District-wide; deploys resources as appropriate; provides technical assistance District-wide to prevent, prepare, respond, and recover from crisis incidents.

4.Assists with conducting needs assessment to determine future direction for safety and security improvement activities; may serve as the assigned liaison to state, county and local law enforcement agencies; may offer assistance with inter-agency training opportunities; may manage off duty law enforcement officers to attend District events as needed for the purpose of providing leadership assistance over the District’s Safety and Security Department.

5.Advises and consults, as directed, with administrators and staff to provide school and building security support; collaborates with administrators for elementary and secondary level discipline; facilitates readmission process for secondary schools; maintains liaison with staff members throughout the District; may advise Administrators and staff about District-wide security issues and other security issues identified at a particular location for the purpose of providing assistance over the District’s Safety and Security Department.

6.Monitors Title IX and HIB compliance and student participation numbers in all elementary, middle, and high schools in collaboration with the Legal department.

7.As directed, may intervene, and deescalate conflict among individuals and/or groups; issues access restriction and no trespass directives as appropriate; works sensitively and appropriately with members of the school community for the purpose of assisting with the District’s Safety and Security Department.

8.May conduct, coordinate and/or participate in active investigations; maintains a high level of confidentiality for both ongoing and closed investigations; may use video surveillance equipment; monitors incident reports to determine patterns; may assist with analyzing incident reports for patterns and to maintain statistical information for the purpose of assisting with all assigned operation functions with the Safety and Security Department.

9.May oversee the improvement and safety of District property; as directed, collaborates with other District department administrators and staff in implementing crime prevention programs and other strategies to modify District facilities and property either to take advantage of pre-existing environmental assets or to change the design features and conditions for the purpose of planning and directing all assigned operation functions with the Safety and Security Department.


1.Maintains current knowledge and skills of assigned area required for success in the position by participating in professional development, attending meetings, conferences and seminars as needed or as assigned; monitors current research, trends, issues, and practices, communicates findings as appropriate.

2.Manages special projects and performs related duties consistent within the scope and intent of the position, as assigned and on a temporary basis.

3.Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


Experiences frequent interruptions; may be occasionally required to work outdoors in inclement weather; frequently travels to District sites; occasionally required to travel outside the District and other sites within the community; required to work extended hours as needed; may deal with angry, hostile, emotional, unstable or physically or mentally distraught people; may be required to lift and carry up to 25 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Education, Juvenile Justice Law Enforcement, Law, Public Administration, Social Science and/or Emergency Management or other applicable fields; Master’s degree, preferred; three years of increasingly successful experience in safety program management, crisis intervention or security management, school administration or other applicable fields; Bilingual oral, written and reading communication, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.

Allowable Substitution

Additional closely related experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the educational requirement.

Licenses/Special Requirement

Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.

Valid Washington State driver’s license.

Washington Education Program Administrator or Principal credential, preferred.

A current Washington concealed pistol license or the ability to obtain the same within thirty days of employment.

Complete training in the use of firearms equivalent to the training received by commissioned law enforcement officers, preferred.

Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of crisis management and emergency response with current emergency management trends, communications, and standards of practice.

Knowledge of youth violence and at-risk services, school operations, laws, policies, and procedures.

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.

Knowledge of fiscal management practices and procedures.

Skill in management, supervision, evaluation and assessment of personnel, teams, and programs.

Skill in team building. Skill in conflict mediation and assessment of emergency situations.

Skill in conceptual and analytical thinking.

Skill in decision-making and problem solving.

Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.

Skill in verbal and written communication.

Skill in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software applications.

Ability to effectively represent the district before diverse groups. Ability to maintain accurate records.

Ability to coordinate development of and write crisis and operational manuals, goals, and objectives.

Ability to develop and monitor budgets.

Ability to exercise good judgment and to use discretion and tact.

Ability to coordinate activities.

Ability to provide leadership assistance and to train and instruct adults.

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow-through procedures.

Ability to provide project management, analyze data and evaluate program effectiveness.

Ability to work under pressure and meet established deadlines.

Ability to work in emergency situations and to promote a safe and secure environment for staff and students.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-culturally diverse socio-economic setting.

Ability to work collaboratively and to participate as a member of a team.

Ability to lift, pull and push up to 25 pounds individually and team-lift up to 50 pounds.

Ability to meet standards of physical stature, endurance and agility established by the district. Ability to run several blocks, climb up to eight flights of stairs, and physically defend self and others.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.